Michigan made the play of the 2018 NCAA Tournament on Saturday night against Houston. The Wolverines hit a ridiculous buzzer-beating 3-pointer to reach the Sweet 16.
The play came with about 3 seconds left. Michigan was trailing by 2 after two huge missed free throws by the Cougars. The Wolverines inbounded the ball under their own basket with 3.6 seconds left, down 63-61.
Michigan freshman Jordan Poole nailed a 3 from the right win as time expired. Pandemonium ensued.
This was the play:
Houston made a critical mistake here. No one was guarding the inbounder.
Some coached do like to be able to play 5 on 4 defense here, but not guarding the inbounder allows for a crazy halfcourt pass to be made with ease. A man on the inbounder significantly increases the chances of a bad pass or a tipped ball, both of which would be huge with just a couple of seconds left.
Houston paid for it, dearly.
Alas, Michigan is off to the Sweet 16. Houston is going home.
The Wolverines will learn their Sweet 16 opponent later today. They're set to face the winner of the game between North Carolina and Texas A&M. Stay tuned.